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New Year, New US, right? NOPE.
Politicians quoting Dr. King on Monday and then back to white savagery on Tuesday.
In 1965, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dr. King said there were three things plaguing this country; racism, militarism, and exploitation of the poor. It's 2023 and we have those same three issues AND an actual plague called COVID!
The same politicians quoting him are supporting policies and behaving in ways Dr. King would have called them out for. Dr. King wasn't a supporter of capitalism. He experienced police brutality. He was jailed. He was one of the most hated men at the time of his death. Dr. King was a radical, he believed in non-violence as a means to liberation. We cannot use violence to make others not use violence. We cannot dominate others into not dominating others.
How can we honor Dr. King if we won't allow our true history to be taught? To offer celebration and the feel good moments and not have a critical examination of what was and still is? To deny the uncomfortable parts? That's gas lighting.
Let's honor Dr. King and all of our civil rights heroes and sheroes by speaking, walking in, and demanding truth. At home, at school, at work, and certainly in our government. For more perspective, click the links below. The first talks about the whitewashing of Dr. King and the second is a YouTube video with Dr. Mary Frances Berry. Dr. Berry is a historian, author, and professor who has written extensively on Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. She shares her thoughts on the speech and the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our January 2023 Reading List
The Coming: A Novel - Daniel Black
Good Enough Mother - Rene Syler
Rest Is Resistance A Manifesto - Tricia Hershey
The Sugar Jar: Create Boundaries, Embrace Self-Healing, and Enjoy the Sweet Things in Life - Yasmine Cheyenne
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